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Re: Waiting for much brighter LEDs
This is why junkyards should be required to check radiation levels in scrap as it is received. Many US Border crossings now have radiation detector tubes on each truck and car lane since the whole 9/11 thing but there is no law requiring scrappers to check and certify each load as it comes in to a junkyard.
The real problem is that once the radioactive material has been smelted in with the rest of the scrap, there is no way to remove the radiation except to let the half life decay process take care of the lethal dose.
That small container of pellets is now melted into TONS of contaminated scrap. Try safely disposing of that.
This used to happen quite often before there were Federal regulations regarding the cradle to grave disposal of radioactive sources. Small hometown Dentists, Doctors and Vets had portable XRay devices and the earliest ones used Cobalt sources instead of electric X Ray tubes. When the Doctor died, no one knew what that heavy thing in the basement was and they got scrapped.
I sold Nuclear Level Gauges for several years (they can "see" liquid through inches of solid steel) and the gentleman that was the radiation officer for the manufacturer told me that he knew of a lost source from a gauge (encapsulated Cesium 137) that was demolished out of a chemical plant that had been used as a boat anchor because it was heavy, had an eyehook on it and was the size of a coffee can. Thankfully the shutter spring had never rotted off it. They found it when it crossed a border in a boat trailer. Had the shutter spring failed, it would have inadvertently dosed hundreds of people. Had it been scrapped and smelted it would be a "small" nuclear disaster.
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesium-137 for interesting (and scary) details under incidents
Perhaps using a hamster wheel made from local materials, connected to a somewhat larger version of a generator set, they could use pack animals or even people to create greater amounts of electricity.
Add cups or paddles to the outer rim of the hamsterwheel and you could have a reasonable waterwheel for power without animals.
However, I believe that the inventors were trying to come up with a replacement for an oil lamp typically used in a hut, NOT trying to come up with a major power generating system.
Give credit where it's due.
Fearmongering from the Masters
Bitcoin is no different than cash in it's anonymity although Bitcoin can be transferred more easily. If China was truly concerned about terrrorism and money laundering, it should only look deeper at Hong Kong/Shanghei Banking Corporation and then in the mirror. Repeat, Rinse, Repeat...
Back and forth several million times might be enough for them to get the point.
Re: Idiots at the front line (Not Managment its the SHAREHOLDERS!)
Nothing of the kind,
The fact is that HP is "ADDICTED" to a culture of cutting employment as the article stated. This is a direct result of clowns like Carly Fiorina who ADMITTEDLY cuts any and all employment to increase value (artificially I might add).
They do this for "shareholders" LIKE CARL FUCKING ICAHN who can only whine, badger and complain until all businesses they invest in are a former shadow of themselves and 90% of the employees are on the dole just to artificially create temporary paper profit, profit that only lasts until the next shareholder meeting when it isn't good enough.
Real "investors" would want management to find more business so they don't have to lay off people. Perhaps make a better product or service to create a compelling need for more sales. Goog Managers would have the balls to say "I'm not going to let you fuck up a great company for sake of false profits".
In YOUR world, there would be no patience with the R&D cycle needed to come up with new product. The direct result is no more HP and the entrails will get sold to the highest bidder, thus killing the golden goose and devaluing ALL the shares.
THAT, is no way to operate a business!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Re: Idiots at the front line (Not Managment its the SHAREHOLDERS!)
Management is following the orders of the shareholders, who really "run" most companies these days.. The shareholders are only interested in getting a dividend on their shares. They could give a rat's ass about the company, product, employees etc.
THIS is the problem with any publicly traded company. HP, Kodak, IBM, Xerox Etc all go to hell for a meager profit for the goddamn lazy 'shareholders" who can't make anything but only know how to take money OUT of a company thus killing the "Goose that layed the golden egg".
The REAL reason Amazon drones can't happen....
Because with a charge that lasts only 40 minutes tops, their Octocopter drone delivery system will definitely need to be located INSIDE New York State (and subject Amazon to paying state sales tax)
Re: LP knows his weapons but does he know...
The article you linked to provided no answers to their low gun violence rate but I would offer that in a society where great education & healthcare, common sense and high employment opportunities abound, ALSO creates a society where the mental and physical stresses that affect people adversely are far less prevalent.
Gun crime in the US is primarily driven by drug addiction and unemployment. Iceland has almost none of those issues or where it does, they get more than adequate treatment.
This is NOT TRUE of the USA where I am from.
Roughly 19,500 gun deaths of the total 38,000 yearly are due to SUICIDE.
Now 38,000 divided by 310 million is 1.2 %
On the other hand, there are 98,000 annual deaths (or roughly 3% or DOUBLE the gun deaths) due to "Preventable Medical Errors" in the USA.
I would postulate that Iceland has MUCH better Mental Health than the US does.
Re: Seems to be an Oversized Data Room, not efficient as it could be.
Not to be a prick, but I have been doing Process Automation & Instrumentation for 23 years and for the last 7 years Building Automation so I have some credibility on the subject of how to setup a data room cooling system. You would be surprised at how many companies just "Do what we always have" instead of investigating newer concepts that could save alot of money. That picture of lonely racks spaced far apart just proves it.
FWIW Yahoo just built a large open air server farm in Lockport, NY 10 miles from home, based on the same principles of "free cooling". The buildings look like chicken coops with cupolas and louvers running the length of the building above the main roof line and at ground level. Racks are spaced one unit apart (18") from the next.
Fahrenheit vs Celsius
Perhaps the fact that Facebooks server farm is located in the State of Oregon, USA might have something to do with the choice of temperature measurement units?
Sorry to be a Dinosaur but since Farhenheit has approximately twice as many basic measurement divisions as C does, it is roughly twice as accurate a measurement scale as Celsius. Also, I'll take the Germans over the French any day.
Re: No Such Thing as Profanity!
Racism itself is not illegal in the USA, in fact the various Nazi Party groups have won many a court case in the USA over it's right to march wherever, whenever and with whatever on their signs, much of which is certainly racist, anti-semetic etc.
The fact remains that even the Nazi's get to say anything they want under the US First Amendment.
Notice that I do not agree with their sentiments, only their right to express any and all opinions they have.
This is "Free Speech" since you pantywaists do not understand the actual legally proven extent of the First Amendment.
Re: No Such Thing as Profanity!
Sorry you are unable to see that censorship of any kind is against the First Amendment . I don't care what the polite legal "consensus opininion" is, I only care about the fact that it is my belief that I am allowed to have and express any opinion I choose, in any words that are applicable and that opinion includes the fact that I believe that profanity and all laws that "control" it are a violation of my "right to speak freely", IE "Free Speech". This includes using the "objectionable" words in conversation.
Do not try to change my meaning of free speech with your opinions.
Nowhere did I say I would be stupid enough to express that "opinion" in places where it might do me harm.
Microsoft can do anything it wants but I will still choose to use the words I want. If they ban me, oh well.
No I would not run off my mouth in front of children but I respect the right of someone to "speak freely" and that includes the right to say "Fuck Off, Wanker!"
Re: Shakespeare was wrong
No, Shakespeare was correct. If you kill all the lawyers, this will also include the subset of Judges who are almost always Lawyers. If they are NOT Lawyers then we need to keep those judges for a while as they probably have some form of common sense and intelligence.
Re: No Such Thing as Profanity!
Yes, yes it is. The very definition of Free Speech is that you panty waists can't tell me what I can say (for any reason). Or for that matter what I do, that does not harm anyone else. All "Blue" laws regarding profanity, temperance, prostitution, etc came from religious rule and thus are unconstitutional and should be removed from the books.
YOU do not have the right to censor ME for ANY reason! That is the very basis of free speech!
Swearing/Profanity is perhaps one the most important aspects of free speech as it is obviously designed to offend someone.
George Carlin and the 7 dirty words for example can now be played on the radio and Internet, when it could not before. How about the unedited versions of most rap "music"? You hear them every day.
If you don't like it, don't play "Adult" rated games that depict battle or "mature" circumstances, don't go to PG-13 to R to X rated movies, don't go where your delicate ears (or eyes) will be offended.
Or you could just grow up and ignore what fully 60% of the population says every day in one language or another.
For once you allow the censorship of a single F@ck You, the slippery slope gets alot steeper.
No Such Thing as Profanity!
To me, there is no such thing as profanity in the company of consenting adults. If they havent heard it before, they should have by now. If this is a game where people kill each others characters then nothing could be quite as hypocritical as banning someone for "blue" language. If you are using Skype on an XBox, your conversation should be free from censorship anyway. If you happen to let loose a barrage of F#%& this and that during a game rated for ONLY mature audiences (GTA anyone???) many times the gameplay will be far worse than your words could ever be.
This is another example of pantywaist, busybody, nanny lovin fruitbats who should just stay off the net FOREVER as their delicate ears could be offended while they rape the "ho's" and kill the rubes online.
Regardless of the words you say, what and how you say it, "profanity" is still free protected speech that should not be regulated unless you threaten somone with bodily harm and truly mean to do so.
Seems to be an Oversized Data Room, not efficient as it could be.
In addition to "free cooling" using cold ambient outside air (The reason this building is in Oregon) the latest idea to reducing the cost of cooling, is close up the racks and deliver the air directly to each rack at the bottom and duct the hot air away from the top of the rack. This reduces the overall cooling CFM required by a factor of 5 to 10 times. Instead of cooling lots of empty space you bring the air in ONLY where it's needed. The old idea is to do "hot aisle cold aisle" and that is not very efficient as you rely on an open rack, open room, no air velocity or real directionality. Closing the sides of the racks allows all of the fan volume to blow cool air over the servers and all of the hot air is sent to exhaust so it cannot add heat to the room. The fans are ECM so they can operate with variable speeds, reducing the cost electricity further.
The next change is to use lower power factor servers and processors and raise the allowable maximum temperature to around 75 to 78 F from 50 to 60 F. That is a huge difference in cooling cost alone and the latest cpu's are efficient enough now to allow the increased minimum room temperature.
These modifications could drop the electric usage for cooling by another 10-15%.
However, now some server manufacturers are introducing liquid cooling direct to each server in the rack. This will add another 15% efficiency at least as air is a horrible heat transfer fluid while liquid cooling is highly efficient. This would allow the main refrigeration system to directly reach each processor without having to change cooling media from liquid to air and be another 8-10% better
Re: Scrolling patent
Read the post above this one where ALL of these disputed patents are under review by the USPTO for rejection because YOU CAN'T PATENT THE BLEEDING OBVIOUS!
When those patents are overturned, this will all be moot anyway.
As I have said before, "ROUNDED CORNERS" on ANY object is far more than just obvious. "Pinch to zoom" has been done on other devices before. Simply adding the phrase "on a smartphone" to a previous idea DOES NOT MAKE IT NEW! Scroll bounce back is not new either.
Small Claims Court?
Perhaps if thosand of US Smart TV owners were to sue their TV's manufacturer in small claims (max $3,000 but can be tripled) citing this issue and accuse them of being "peeping Toms"; perhaps THEN these dickwads would get the message.
If you were a Nielsen family, they would pay you handsomly for this data.
Too bad that every cable company does the same thing with their set top boxen.
Wanna bet their networks aren't very secure? LET"S FIND OUT!
Re: Surprise! (not Really it's Eadon by another name)
You are correct he did not read the article, that anonymous coward was really Eadon using another fake user name. That was almost word for word from an old post from Eadon.
Re: I see nothing wrong here
Absolutely nothing there that a good tongue lashing wouldn't cure.
Re: Here's a quick summary
I disagree. Chinese Coal fired utility plants REGULARLY operate without Baghouses, Electrostatic Precipitators, Opacity(Smoke) Monitoring, Air to Fuel Ratio Controls based on excess oxygen and CO/CO2 measurement and control.
If the plant was sourced with these systems, they have been bypassed by the operators to increase electrical output. Remember, China had to shut down manufacturing and electrical generating plants to reduce the smog in Beijing to tolerable levels for the Olympics.
There are no laws or regulations in China that penalize excess emissions or require monotoring and control of emissions.
European/UK coal fired utility plants on the other hand, must comply with all of the ONEROUS EU emission regulations. This is a huge financial penalty on EU/UK power cost of generation, compared to China
Regarding wind, the UK has already admitted publicly that without the highly punitive electrical rate compensation/subsidies for wind and solar, there would be no way to make these investments pay for themselves in more than a century.
Simple fix.. get a Networked A/V receiver
I have a Yamaha Network Receiver RX-V773
This is the "Hub" for all of my entertainment/audio/video equipment.
It has Airplay, WIFI, every hardwired input and output you could ever need including 5 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs, Android and IOS apps that control it via wifi. It has Pandora,Internet Radio, etc built in. I have decent 7.1 surround with Polk Audio speakers and 2 powered subwoofers. Distortion is reasonable at 0.09 THD for 95 Watts RMS.
I connect all of my PC, DVD/Blue Ray player/ Galaxy S4 phone/ etc to it with conventional and some wireless communications and for the princely sum of less than $500 USD it solve all of the problems you pose. It will also stream audio and video from any DLNA device like a NAS or PC and has a USB connector as well for other storage like thumb drives or mass storage/ MP3 players. The only disadvantage is that it has a fairly limited number of codecs for direct play from storage.
There is not one bit of delay between the TV and the speaker like there is with wireless. And you can get wireless amps to drive wired speakers but you will have to live with ridiculous delays in lip-synching picture to sound and there is almost nothing you can do about it.
Re: No middle ground for the hard Greens...
How ignorant are you? ALL FORMS OF COMBUSTION CREATE SIGNIFICANT CO2. Look at India, hundreds to thousands of smaller facilities add up to major uncontrolled pollution, China alone is unbelievably huge for uncontrolled burning, EVERY manufacturing facility is uncontrolled, un monitored and spewing ten thousand times the amount of emissions that any first world facility of the same type would. China had to shut down ALL manufacturing & power generation so the air was clean enough to hold the Olympics or did you not remember?
North Korea, old Soviet Union, the WHOLE Middle East all of Indonesia etc all do the same thing.
They are still the "third world" to me if they do not have and utilize emission controls like the first world does.
How about burning wood, garbage etc? How about burning forests to clear land? That covers most of Africa, and all of South America not mentioning that ALL OF THEIR INDUSTRY is ten thousand times dirtier as well!!!
Take some time to look up emission control and combustion controls, you may learn some things.
Re: @Dan Paul Your problem is NOT EXCEL
It doesn't guess, it can only do what it's told and text is the only way to make it represent the zeros and not truncate the number because it wasn't designed to represent numbers that way but the fact remains why the fuck in gods green earth would anyone have ever devised an identification system that uses zeros as placeholders?
Excel truncates these "numbers" because zeros have no value in the front of a numeric string, only after a number!
I don't care what the reasoning is, the concept of using them as placeholders is daft. If you keep letting idiots make stupid decisions then you get what you deserve. If a character series must have placeholders then make it alpha numeric to begin with.
In most cases if you are the one creating the system, a little planning and forethought can avoid things like this. Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting better results is the very definition of insanity. Doing things "the way it's always been done" often brings results you won't like.
AGAIN Your problem is the system you designed or inherited NOT EXCEL. How about some more downvotes for speaking the truth.
Your problem is NOT EXCEL
Your problem is creating a numbering or identification system that uses zeros as place holders.
We are already at the point of molecular additive construction. This is being done for chip fab work. The trouble is it has to be done in a deep pure vacuum.
Manufacturing items that can be later cast from molds made from plastic 3d printed male molds is the way to make much of these products.
The latest 3D printing done for Lohan shows how good the plastic work can be.
Re: Try Niagara Falls NY for experienced AL2O3 manufacturing facilities
No secret fount of arcane knowledge, anyone who knows anything about manufacturing high temperature ceramics would know that Upstate NY is the place to find the manufacturers, resources and equipment. Why, because this is where the whole frikking industry started. Oh yeah and we ALSO have companies that can make high purity silicon crystals and have chip foundries.
Ever hear of Corning Glass? You know, the company that just signed a long term contract to make all of Samsungs LCD display glass? Apparently, Samsung got an "A" in "attentiveness in sourcing".
Trouble is that neither you nor Apple bother to know anything that someone else hasn't told you and Apple would cut off it's own nose to spite Samsung. That's going to catch up with them soon.
Let's see no more Gorilla glass, no more LCD displays, what else will Apple be stupid enough to screw up next? Oh yeah reading their own market.
And really, where the hell did you pick that nom de plume? Is that your last name or do you need the Heimlich manouvre?
Re: well this is the rub...there can be no trust because it's the only way to be sure
All the X Files posters notwithstanding, "Trust no one!", not even fractionally; because at least you will not be wrong. None of these agencies or governments deserve any trust as they have ALREADY violated everything that could ever command any trust.
Now, there are only lies, damn lies and even more damn lies.
When someone says "Hey buddy, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you" and it has more truth than "You can keep your health coverage"; then we may as well stop communicating as there are no truths to be conveyed to anyone, anylonger.
Try Niagara Falls NY for experienced AL2O3 manufacturing facilities
Perhaps instead of looking for new locations and partners, Apple should try looking at Niagara Falls NY, home of Carborundum, Tam Ceramics, Triebacher Schleifmittel, and Unifrax. Let's not forget we are only 180 miles from Corning Glass, have two great technical Universities in Buffalo (UB and Buff State) and we have Harper Electric Furnace one of the worlds best continuous ceramic furnace manufacturers as well as Praxair Corporate Headquarters for the neccessary inert gases for manufacturing saphire or saphire coated glass.
In 20 square miles you would have more experience in manufacturing high temp ceramic materials than anywhere else in the US or likely the world. Carborundum practically invented the process of making AL2O3 and this area has been the center of production since the electric process was invented.
I will bet my ass that New York State would fall all over itself in the race to pay Apple to build here, give them 20 years of tax abatement AND we have MORE CLEAN, CHEAP HYDROPOWER THAN ANYWHERE ELSE!
Let's see, build something in the middle of frikking nowhere where every raw material and all equipment has to be trucked in and water costs as much as fuel or somewhere that has the highest technically skilled manufacturing people who have the lowest skilled labor costs AND the manufacturers of raw and finshed materials and the equipment needed to make them AND the least expensive costs for power and water and while we are at it everything is all in one place.
Nah, Apple wouldn't be smart enough to think that way. All they know is new and shiny, not old and experienced.
Re: Ooooh... Omega!
Upvote for someone who sees the linkage between various systems is the issue.
Re: Ooooh... Omega!
Actually, that is a possibility but overtaking other computer systems that control critical systems would be alot easier and more likely to provide "defense".
You do realize that all of our defense systems are run by computers and similar to WOPR, a false alert would elevate our war status to the point that some idiot would likely push the button.
In the beginning there was Alpha...in the end there was Omega.
Skynet by any other name is still the same dilemma, self aware computers that function "organically" without any means of direct human supervision are dangerous.
What if the damn thing decides it needs even more clusters and the obvious target happens to be running the power grid or some other critical services? Maybe the attempt to switch it off is taken as an attack and then it "defends" itself? Talk about Life imitating Art!
Face it, science fiction is far more prophetic than people give credit for. The fact that computers that become self aware is a continuing theme in SF only serves to reinforce my fear.
Re: A thought
Here are my challenges:
1) Interception: Capability and Legality are two completely different things. Violating the US Constitution is breaching the most sacred laws of the USA and ALL Law Enforcement Agencies have done so illegally so many times that it is THEY that should be strung up not the criminals. The ends do not justify the means no matter what the results. The fruit of the poison tree cannot be used to convict anyone.
2) Bullshit. Search and Seizure (including information) without a rightfully obtained warrant is illegal and EVERY Alphabet Agency and Government entity has broken this law since there were telegraphs. The result is that the only difference between a Cop and a Criminal is a badge! There are effectively no laws around illegal search and seizure because there is no overriding, independent agency that watches the watchers! The only way to fix this is to do what our forefathers were afraid to do, put the death penalty on the table as a max penalty for breaching the Constitutional amendments that safeguard our rights as citizens and then put some truly righteous bastard in charge of making those convictions happen. Then and only then will they pause before they break those laws again. By the way, this also means that "Well maybe just this one time" still results in a hanging at Leavenworth.
3) More BS. That's what they want you to think because that's how they get 1,500 billion dollar NSA slushfunds to do with as they please. Real feet on the street police work is what brings in convictions. If you break the law to make the law you are no better than the criminals you are supposedly protecting us from.
Absolute privacy is MANDATORY in the conduct of a free and unfettered democracy. Anyone who does not believe that needs to leave this country now.
Re: Not just a US problem
No, the slide to becoming a thrid world country is not limited to the USA but it is a trend that needs to be stopped dead.
In the beginning, 1st world business owners moved manufacturing to avoid environmental regulation, resulting in heavy manufacturing leaving the markets it served. Next, light manufacturing left for lower labor/union related costs. Last, the services industries offshored the remaining jobs for pennies on the pound lowered labor/healthcare/benefits costs.
Who's left? The "consumers" who soon will not have any income to consume with.
The first world countries began to see a huge shift in the haves versus the have nots. The "Haves" could care less what happens to the little people who "have not".
Now, even the minimal employment that remains is being given to foreign workers too ignorant to know that they are getting the shaft and they themselves are shafting the local workers.
THIS MUST STOP!
This results in a culture of subjugation on the order of the coal mine owners of the late 1800's where they paid their employees in company scrip, worthless anywhere but in a company store where prices were highly inflated; and company housing with similar rents.
Everywhere, people cannot make enough in true income to rise out of their initial environment as this is antithetical to the aims of the "haves" who want to stifle any direct competition with their aims to rule over the people.
It is long past time that each and every one of us regular folk, everywhere, were to rise up and shutdown this process permanently.
No more importation of employees, no more export of jobs. PERIOD.
Paranoia is having the belief that everyone is out to get you...
What do you call someone who has absolute PROOF that everyone is out to get them?
LCD all the way
I have two Samsung LCD-LED tv's and had a third (fluorescent backlight) but gave it to my son. I never got into any plasma's since I had always been told that they have a tendency to burn in images and my kids like to game. From what I've seen the only advantage of plasma is higher refresh rate which impacts some action scenes.
All work very well and the oldest is about seven years old. The latest (two years old) 46" w/ 240 hz refresh has damn near every bell and whistle available and I can't fault it at all. I use it as a TV and a computer monitor. Never any burn in and though some pictures can be a little "bright" depending on source, I always found the color representation to be fairly accurate. I probably could have bought one with less features but the price at Sam's Club was $200 less than Best Buy was. Viewing angle is close to 170 Degrees and there is no banding at all. If the screen is completely black there can be some irregularity at the edges but not that you'd notice during regular viewing. All that and my power bill is somewhat less than the older fluorescent backlit LCD was.
If the picture (on any TV) is "overly vivid" you might try making an adjustment. It's really neat you use this thing they call a remote and there is this button you push up or down to make it darker or brighter. You can even calibrate the color, black level and contrast.
Re: I applaud this approach
15 years takes you to the point where personal computing actually became popular and Windows was pretty much the only game in town. Don't get me wrong, Microsoft has many issues (including arrogance) but that is not one of them, yet.
BTW, Do you go out of your way to tell YOUR clients you fucked up? I thought not.
Desktop computing is still better than 90% on Windows. Tablets and phones are not the same as PC's and though they are growing quickly, they can't really be compared to a desktop computer as they really don't have the same function or capabilities.
Internet Explorer frankly is getting better all the time and it's competitors suffer from many of the same vulnerabilities.
No software is immune from bugs, holes or security issues and never will be.
Let's try to have a reasoned unbiased approach, unlike politicians and hysterical children.
It's all well and good to complain BUT...
Perhaps instead of simply complaining, people might actually do something to take back their countries from the slimeballs that currently run them!
No matter where we are, I'm quite certain that we did not give them the permission to lie, cheat, steal and rape our rights as citizens.
Worldwide 1776 needs to happen NOW before Worldwide 1984 becomes permanent!
Significant NOx emissions can be caused naturally
Not that anyone here would want to get in the way of an alarmist headline here at El Reg BUT...did you know that nitrogen oxides can also be caused by the natural, biological decomposition of organic material?
This material can be almost anything that biodegrades, even that as expressed by a previous commentor as perhaps being unappetizing (RealBig Al).
In fact "natural" NOx is a major contributor to smog in the spring and fall when temperatures are best for composting.
Perhaps the issue with the experiment is not the mere presence of NOx but an enclosed space and greater than normal quantities of NOx. Kind of like the forced smoking monkey experiments?
Another case of getting the results you wanted by designing the experiment to produce them?
Don't use these evil things ever!
Maybe we all need to consider the larger consequences of using automated checkout tellers at grocery or other stores.
There is not enough employment to begin with. All of these merchants are a bunch of cheapskates who deliberately change the rules for their employees at the drop of a hat, converting them to part time, taking away benefits, arbitrarily adjusting scheduled hours etc.
Kids need part time jobs but with the economy being what it is now, the breadwinner may be working two or three of these type jobs just to keep from sinking. These merchants could give a damn.
Giving those bastards the benefit of lowered employee expenses will never decrease YOUR prices, only theirs. They never pass on the savings. Ask yourself did the cost of food ever decrease after the cost of fuels dropped?
Insist on using a real checkout teller for purchases with the probable exception of banking and gasoline as those jobs can never come back.
When the lines backup at manned checkout terminals and are not staffed properly, complain loudly. If they don't call another teller or two, leave your cart of groceries there and walk out the store to another place explaining that if they don't want your business, someone else does.
If 20 to 50 people a day do this, they WILL begin to get the message.
The fact remains that you won't get, what you don't ask for; and that these bastards are so cheap that if you don't rub their noses in it they won't ever get the point.
Over here on the other side of the pond, we have a similar issue and yes, strident, ludicrously disruptive protests seem to backfire on the participants cause. South Western NY has issues with fracking because almost all potable water comes from private wells. Those water wells are drawing from a level ABOVE where they want to drill and frack for natural gas. Horizontal fracking has already caused existing wells to mysteriously run dry. Funny how creating a great big drain field below the ground water level will do that.
Unfortunately, the protestors in NYS are frantic and hysterical instead of reasoned and responsible.
People don't pay attention to them because they complain about EVERYTHING and never have any solutions, only problems.
This seems to be a trend as the right wing Tea Party conservatives suffer from exactly the same issues. What is most unfortunate is that no one can avoid paying attention to them as they have hogtied the government of the USA with their deliberately disagreeable attitudes.
Carl Icahn Investor from Hell
As I've said many times before, no one should ever feed this troll (Icahn).
Not only is he a thieving bully, he is a self serving destroyer of companies, raider of pensions and all around selfish bastard that can't build anything but he sure can tear a company apart and sell it's guts.
Listening to his advice is likely to empty YOUR pockets. Anyone whose sole skill is gutting corporations serves the "Dark One". Put a stake in his heart (if you can find it), cut off his head and burn the rest of him.
RE: Such a Waste (of EVERYTHING)
It is time that people beat the living snot out of these lying coniving thieves at the IPCC, UN and elsewhere that are causing the first world to do VERY COSTLY things that are completely unneeded and don't do anything.
It is quite clear that the effect of humans is only a drop in a bucket compared to all the natural sources of greenhouse gases and they still lie but let's consider what cleanup would givew the greatest bang for the buck.
Place a STEEP environmental control tarriff on products manufactured in countries that do not already control air pollution. China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, most of South America, Russia Eastern Europe etc do almost nothing. They burn coal without even basic air fuel ratio controls, no scrubbers, no opacity monitoring and OF COURSE they have an atmosphere that looks like smoke, because it is.
The first world moved heavy manufacturing to these countries because "emmission control is too costly".
Let's make it too costly for them to pollute BEFORE we do any more control in the 1st world!
In fact, if all that manufacturing had stayed in the US and elsewhere, there would have been less pollution even if new standards were never implemented as our BASIC standards are far better than NO STANDARDS in the 3rd world.
God forbid that one of those sanctimonious bastards would ever exhibit a gram of common sense and do the right thing instead of lying about global warming when it is NOT HAPPENING or trying to push control that has a payback of hunreds of years when fixing the 3rd world would have a HUGE IMMEDIATE payback.
Those self serving douchebags with "green" agendas are making beaucoup cash squeezing blood from our turnips. They will never force the 3rd world to do even basic emission control where a small investment will make the GREATEST DIFFERENCE only because they CAN"T MAKE A BUCK FROM IT.
Perhaps we should start an open burn pit in front of the UN and use so called "Scientists" aznd Politicians for the fuel. Maybe that will get the point across!
Perfect job for a Whitehouse Press Secretary
When Jay Carney gets let go in 2017 (or before) he would be the perfect lying, cheating dumbfvck for the NSA.
He even has the last name of a Carnival barker. Obviously, Carney is highly qualified as he was hired by one of the greatest lying cheating bastard dumbfvucks in the free world and I'm sure the employment requirements were almost exactly the same.
Does ANYONE lie more than Obama?
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That would be the Power Over Ethernet" variety.
Whatever happened to....
Orlowski? Thought that was his beat. Did he have a coronary or climb the ladder or get tired of reviewing phones or get run over by a fanboi or what?
But..isn't that what the AGW religion is all about!?
Still waiting for his Degree????
Looks to me like this guy doesn't need to wait for anything except loads of VC funding to make his dreams come true.
The concept of Mini-Me figurines custom made seems like there won't be an iPhoney who will be able to resist the idea. Not a matter of being "Too narcissistic" but exactly on target......
What does the Pot, Kettle, President, Zuckerberg, & NSA have in common?
Trust me when I say it's not a heart o' gold, BITCH......the whole lot of them have hearts blacker than a singularity. FWIW, this has NOTHING to do with skin color.
A government (or a corporation) populated by liars, thieves and posers can have no trust placed in it.
Any trust that had existed has long since evaporated.
But isn't this article (and probably my comments) overstating the ruddy obvious?
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You just got the Stephen Hawkings version! Mooo
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